SAT Reading: Passage Comparison Drill 6, Problem 1
|Analyzing text structure||Analyzing overall text structure|
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Informational Media Literacy||Formality and Tone|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|SAT Reading||Passage Comparison|
|Synthesis||Analyzing multiple texts|
The first one is all about the author's big day at the opening of the American Indian
museum, which apparently is an awesome place.
The second passage is more focused on a bunch of different historical sites all around the
country that have given scientists insight into America's original inhabitants.
Now that we've got that straight in our heads, we're ready to start eliminating answers.
Sure, Passage 1 discusses a museum. But, while
Passage 2 does mention archaeologists from universities...
It doesn't spend a lot of time talking about the universities themselves. So... we can
get rid of choice (A). Yeah, the first passage is all about the Museum
of the American Indian, but the second passage doesn't even talk about it.
Choice (C) is out of the running. Author 1 obviously has a major crush on the
museum that he visited.
So, we don't have to read any further to know that (D) is incorrect.
Neither passage makes a big deal about whether or not the authors are Native American, though
it really seems like they aren't, since they never use the word "we" when talking
about the natives.
Either way, (E) doesn't make the cut.
Figuring out point of view is all about checking for pronouns. So let's give the passages a
Passage 1 uses "I" and recounts one person's experience, while Passage 2 discusses research
without referring to the author's own perspective.
With our perspective check complete, we're sure that (B) is the best choice.
Sometimes all you need to solve a problem is a little perspective...